Student Life and Sports Building win Best New Build Project award



LJMU’s Copperas Hill development has won an award for the Best New Build Project at the Merseyside Civic Design Awards. 

The buildings were designed by architects Sheppard Robson and were awarded Best New Project “for bringing together a multiplicity of uses within an external structure that provides civic presence and puts down a marker for future development.” 

Further comments from the Judges on the award win explained:

“The two buildings accommodate by far the most complicated programme of uses of all the shortlisted projects, but the spaces are inviting and comfortable, offering places to socialise, study and find support. Having been open for three years, finishes are in very good condition and the LJMU team clearly take great pride in the buildings’ upkeep and maintenance.” 

William Roberts, Facilities Manager Campus Services and Joe Coombes, Operations Manager, Sport and Physical Activity received the award on behalf of Liverpool John Moores University. 

Copperas Hill 

Copperas Hill is home to LJMU’s flagship Student Life Building and Sports Building.

The buildings were officially opened in October 2021 by our then Chancellor Sir Brian Leveson.

The Student Life Building is now home to many of LJMU’s student support services including Student Advice and Wellbeing, Student Futures, Academic Achievement and the Digital Library Services. It’s also the base for Liverpool John Moores Students’ Union.

The Sports Building next door boasts an eight-court sports hall, a further two multi-purpose sports hall spaces and a high performance gym with 120 training stations. These trailblazing facilities play host to a plethora of sport and physical activity programmes all year round. 

You can find out more about the LJMU campus and our buildings here. 


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